By the looks of things at Memorial Stadium Friday night, nothing was wrong — at least, not for the Garfield Bulldogs. The happy faces streaming from the Bulldogs' locker room afterward confirmed as much, a 27-22 victory over Sammamish providing the lift.
The focus of this week was simple, despite outward appearances or suggestions to the contrary.
“Practice was fun,” said quarterback Hayes Gorecki.
“The kids stayed positive,” added interim head coach David Myers.
And by the looks of things at Memorial Stadium Friday night, nothing was wrong — at least, not for the Garfield Bulldogs. Forget that they’d forfeited their season opener at Lake Washington last week after the midgame ejection of their head coach, Kelvin Goliday, or that they’d withstood a flurry of attention this week.
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Indeed, the happy faces streaming from the Bulldogs’ locker room afterward confirmed as much, a 27-22 victory over Sammamish providing the lift.
Goliday served a one-game suspension and wasn’t involved in team practices this week.
“We made our focus this week football,” Myers said. “That was our only focus — football.”
The approach worked. Garfield (1-1), led by Gorecki, rallied to take the lead, 27-15, with two touchdown drives in the third quarter and sealed the victory with a Lloyd Proctor interception in the game’s final 90 seconds.
The victory snapped a four-game losing streak dating to last year. In the past five games, the Bulldogs have played under four different game-day head coaches.
“I’m really happy the way the kids responded,” Myers said.
Gorecki accounted for three of the Bulldogs’ touchdowns, passing for two and rushing for another. He finished with 24 carries for 59 yards and completed 10 of 18 passes for 106 yards.
Half of his completions went to Jamala Myres, who had 63 receiving yards, including a 20-yard scoring catch. Myres also scored on a 41-yard fumble return in the second quarter and proved generally tough to tackle for the Totems all night.
“We’re improving,” said Sammamish coach Brian Tucci, whose team came up just short in an overtime loss to Ballard last week. “That’s the important thing. We’re competing in every game.”
Nick Myers rushed 24 times for 131 yards and a score and Austin Lee added 96 yards on 17 carries for Sammamish (0-2).
The start of the game was delayed 30 minutes while workers repaired the goal post in the east end zone, which toppled sideways during warm-ups. Neither team was nearby at the time, but the collapse left the corner of the crossbar wedged in the turf and both uprights pointing diagonally toward the south stands.